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Mobile Money: Emerging Trends, Growth Drivers and Future Outlook 2016-2017

Summary Even though organizations within telecom industry are concerned about security and privacy issues and prevention of frauds, increase in use of mobile money by companies and merchants, increasing penetration of smartphones and internet, and preference for cashless transactions will push mobile money usage over the next two years. Globally, investment on mobile money services is anticipated to increase by 23.1% during the next two years. Asia and Africa are expected to offer significant growth for mobile money over the next two years with technological innovation and increasing competitor... 

Ghana: Growth in Overall Revenue Expected Despite the High Concentration of Players in the Market

Summary The telecommunications market in Ghana generated revenue of $1.1bn in 2015. Overall services revenue will grow at a CAGR of 1.0% over the 2015-2020 period, mainly aided by the growth in the mobile data segment, which is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 14.7% over the forecast period. We expect mobile subscriptions in Ghana to grow at a CAGR of 7.0%, over 2015-2020. Going forward, operators should leverage opportunities existing in mobile broadband services, while vendors should position themselves to support operators’ 3G and 4G network expansion plans to cater to the rising data demands... 

Italy: Broadband Initiatives and Enhancement of Service and Content Offerings Are Key to Driving Revenue Growth

Summary The telecommunications market in Italy will generate $26.6bn (€25.3bn) in service revenue in 2016. Telecom service revenue is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.1% during 2015-2020, driven by growth in mobile data, fixed VoIP, fixed broadband and pay-TV. Mobile data will be the fastest-growing segment, registering a CAGR of 8.1% over 2015-2020, followed by fixed broadband (7.4%). To offset the decline in traditional fixed and mobile voice and messaging services, operators are focusing on increasing broadband penetration and mobile data, which will be driven by increasing adoption of mobile... 

Low Power Wide Area Internet of Things: Market Forecasts and MNO Approaches

Summary Low power wide area (LPWA) IoT technologies in unlicensed spectrum are growing in coverage and adoption, while standardized technologies for use in licensed spectrum are to become available later this year. The benefits of low cost, low power and broad coverage (including indoor) address a wide range of different application requirements which cellular, short range wireless and other connectivity options cannot match. Therefore growth is forecast to be very high. A number of proprietary LPWA technologies are available today, with deployments widening. We see that there are three key contenders... 

Over-the-top communications services: Emerging monetization paths

Summary Over the top (OTT) messaging leaders are rapidly evolving their key mobile messaging application interfaces to new voice and video communications, with revenue dilution implications for carriers worldwide.  The progress made in mobile IP voice and video in the past year alone from key OTT players such as Facebook and Google is a clear indication of heightened mobile communications competitive pressure from these new players in 2016 and beyond. OTT players are transforming their communications apps into rich media platforms that serve as social networking hubs, offering a number of media... 

SDN/NFV technologies: Innovative use cases and operator strategies

Summary The hype cycle for software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) has been long and steady. SDN separates control plane (network management) from data plane (traffic handling), allowing dynamic bandwidth, provisioned with quality of service levels. NFV replaces hardware with software apps able to operate in a compute environment, eliminating specialty WAN equipment and associated costs. The world’s major network providers are trialing these technologies heavily to understand their benefits, both for themselves and for their business customers. They also... 

Operator Strategies to Increase Smartphone Penetration in Africa

Summary In this report we introduce the market context and major trends related to mobile subscribers and smartphones in Africa. We go on to analyze the various strategies used by operators to boost smartphone penetration rates on their networks. Then we bring in evidence from case studies in Africa including Orange Klif, MTN Nigeria and Safaricom Kenya. We conclude with a set of key findings and recommendations that operators can use to increase smartphone penetration rates Key Findings Smartphone sales are forecasted to grow by a 15% CAGR from 2015 to 2020 making Africa and Middle East the fastest... 

MVNOs in Africa: MVNOs Gaining Momentum by Capitalizing on Niche Segments

Summary With more than 1,200 MVNOs operating worldwide, the presence of MVNOs has been limited in Africa, accounting for 1.4% of global MVNO subscribers. Kenya and South Africa are currently the most developed MVNO markets in terms of penetration, with 3.5% and 1.6% of mobile subscriptions being served by MVNOs at end-2015, respectively. The growing population of the region coupled with increasing mobile penetration and data usage, the introduction of mobile financial services and efforts by regulators to establish legal frameworks specific to MVNOs are some of the factors which will provide a... 

Indonesia: Government Initiatives and Operator Investment to Drive Fixed and Mobile Data Growth

Summary The telecommunications market in Indonesia will generated revenue of $10.9bn in 2015. The telecom services revenue will grow at a CAGR of 1.3% over the 2015-2020 period, drive by growth in mobile data, fixed VoIP, fixed broadband and pay-TV. Mobile data, which will continue to be the largest revenue-contributing segment over 2015-2020, will grow at a CAGR of 5%, while fixed VoIP, fixed broadband and pay-TV will register a CAGR of 9.5%, 3.5% and 9.9%, respectively. We expect mobile subscriptions in Indonesia to grow at a CAGR of 1.5% over 2015-2020. Going forward, operators should seize... 

4G Commercial Strategies in Africa and the Middle East

Summary Availability of 4G services has been increasing rapidly over the past few years across Africa and the Middle East (AME). This follows significant research, scoping and lobbying efforts by operators on issues such as spectrum allocations and the viability of 4G services in the local market. Such operators have or will use a variety of commercialization strategies determined by market demographics for client segmentation, suitable devices, appropriate pricing strategies, effective promotional campaigns to raise awareness and optimal use of distribution networks. As a result, over the next... 
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